A few days back, I talked about the free online word counting tools available for writers where I highlighted some of great tools for counting words, characters, and other text elements in your blog. However, all text and no images make your blog dull and boring to the reader.
It is important to note that having images and photos in your blog is very useful as it enhances the visual experience and makes our content media rich. However, if you upload full size images then it may add load time considerably to your web page and in turn it may infuriate your users. Optimizing images will definitely help to speed up your website.
So, What’s the best image compression solution?
There are a lot of free online tools available online that you can use to optimize the images. This will help your website to load faster. I have curated a list of some of my favorite tools that you can use right now to compress images and make it web-ready. Here is a list of top 7 online tools for compressing images and making it ready for web.
This is a simple yet powerful tool that allows you to first browse for the images or photos from your PC that you want to compress and then it automatically reduces the size of the image. In addition, it also displays the original as well as the new size of the file. This tool allows you to download the compressed image.
The TinyPNG is another tool that uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the size of your PNG files. You can simultaneously compress upto 20 PNG files, max 5 MB each so this gives an advantage of compressing multiple PNG files at once. If you have Photoshop installed in your PC, then you can even install a TinyPNG Photoshop plugin to scale, preview and save compressed PNG and JPEG images straight from Photoshop. In addition, you can also install a WordPress plugin from TinyPNG to automatically compress all your images in your website.
Like TinyPNG, TinyJPG is another tool that allows you to reduce your JPEG images. JPEG is the most common format for photographs and images on your website and apps. Similar to TinyPNG, TinyJPG also allows you to upload 20 images of max 5 MB each simultaneous and reduce their file size.
This is another powerful tool that allows you to drastically compress and optimize your images and photographs while maintaining their quality. This tool supports four types of images, such as JPEG, PNG, SVG, and GIF. In addition, it uses both lossless and lossy compression techniques and this allows you to save hundreds of KB.
This tool is pretty interesting because of its tagline that it compress JPEG files with the force of an elephant. It allows you to compress your images in two steps – first, you select 20 .JPG or .JPEG files from your PC or any device and then wait for compression to finish. In the second and final step, you download the compressed images either separately or you can get them all grouped in a zip file. This tool also provides a drag and drop feature where you can drag your files from your PC and drop them to the area.
Kraken is another incredible image compression tool that allows you to bulk upload the photos and images, and then optimize them to reduce their file size. You can either drag and drop the images from your PC or upload the zip file containing the images that you want to compress. In addition, this tool also provides capability to upload the images from Box, Google Drive, and Dropbox. You can either use the tool for free or signup for the pro version, which is paid and comes with several plans depending upon the requirements. The pro version of the tool comes with some astonishing features, such as Full API Access, Web Interface PRO, WordPress and Magento Plugins and Kraken.io Cloud Storage.
This is another easy-to-use tool that allows you to optimize the images in three easy steps. You need to select up to 10 images at a time from your PC or any device and upload them to the drop area, set a compression percentage using a slider on the top, and click the Compress now button. You can then download the images to be use on your blog either one by one or in a zip format.
So, these are some of my preferred online tools that I use to optimize images for my blog without losing its quality. I often use these tools for projects that are not related to wordpress or blogger.
Let me know any of your preferred image optimization tools in the comments section below.